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The World is Good Whether We See it or Not... (Pyper's Blog)

Precursor to the following blog: I was challenged by my friend Pyper to write a blog a week for 2012. I have accepted the challenge however; make no promises or guarantees that even a small percentage will be noteworthy.  For you Pyper my friend – I’ll do my best.

2012 episode 1 – The World is Good. The World is Very Good.

The New Year always makes me giddy. Maybe it’s the lingering buzz from the holiday season. Maybe it’s the symbolic nature of starting afresh. A wiping of the slate proffered up by the God’s as it were.  Maybe it’s just the opportunity coughexcusecough to continue the celebration.  Perhaps, and most likely in my case, it’s that damn chant that’s always running through my head. “Seeing is not believing. Believing is seeing.” I always have high expectations for the New Year and I am seldom disappointed.

So, this year began with an (so far) extremely mild winter which makes this scribbler extremely happy. It was foretold though, by yours truly. When we bought our home, we had been living in the city. We had no need of large tires, heavy snow shovels or plugged in machinations for moving snow. Hence the double dose of cabin fever we suffered when we got snowed in, not once but twice. Red spots and all. We learned our lesson. I do not look good in cabin fever. So, we bought a snow shovel and traded in our teeny, tiny car for one with enough clearance to not rub bellies with 3 inches of snow.  So there you have it. We are now prepared for snow and ice. And it’s 60 degrees in January.  (She says with a huge smile on her face. No red spots, none at all)

I have been counting my blessings and tweaking my resolutions. I get to go to some phenomenal training this week. I was chosen along with 9 others to go and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. I got a great teaching schedule for February. My friend got a badly needed NEW LIVER! (The world is good. The world is very good.) Mr. Scribbler and I managed to survive the holidays with our new healthy lifestyles still intact and continue to grow stronger both in health and will. I have a brand new and amazing management team at work that promises to continue our growth there as well. 

And, I found - or perhaps rediscovered is a better word – a new hero today. As I was sitting on the sofa watching Twilight Zone and going over my notes for the upcoming trip I got a text message from my 28 year old, married daughter.  She is the mommy to my 7 year old and 4 year old grandsons.  All it said was, “As of today, I am no longer driving. Doc says my peripheral vision is so bad I’m legally blind.” It’s no longer safe for her drive. Sarah, my first, only and favorite daughter has Retinitis Pigmentosa. It is essentially a fancy word for damaged retinas. It causes tunnel vision, night blindness, and eventually, color and sharpness can be affected. You can read more about here if you’re interested.

Anyway, as I was sitting there celebrating all that I am so thankful for, my immediate reaction was heartbreak. What more do we want for our children than full, happy, healthful lives? I had visions of her stroking her children’s faces to “see” them. Turning an ear toward the door rather than looking when her wonderful husband walks in. I got a knot in my stomach and a lump in my throat. I asked a few questions and finally, “How are you? Are you ok?” Her response filled me with pride, gratitude and a tremendous sense of relief. The conversation follows:

Sarah: “Yes. I’m fine with it actually. Paul said I’m taking it extremely well. At least I now know that it’s unsafe for me to drive and I need to find other avenues. I can work that out.” (We’ve been thinking the same thing since the day she got her learner’s permit)

Me: “That’s my girl :c) Love you.”

Sarah: “Love you too. Glass half full, right?”

Me:“Yep. It could always be worse.”

Sarah: “Exactly.”

I still have that lump in my throat, and my eyes are still a bit damp. But my daughter with the lovely, vibrant blue eyes has reminded me again that perspective and attitude is everything. For a short moment my heart was breaking. Now, it’s so full it may burst anyway. Yes, I have much to be thankful for and I’m fairly certain that I don’t deserve half of it. So my biggest resolution for 2012 – right behind the blog a week for Pyper – is to pay it forward. I’m going to earn all the goodness and all the heroes in my life. And, thank you Sarah, for reminding me that when I die, I will have done what I set out to do; to leave the world just a bit better than I found it. I had you.

So come on 2012. Bring it on! 

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Comment by ThatGirl on January 5, 2012 at 6:05am

..oh dear, this was just beautiful, dear Scribbler, as is your daughter, but I'm sure she knows that with the loving support she has around her and her fighting spirit.

ONE point only I must make here: I agree wholeheartedly that IN life, Perspective and Attitude DO mean everything in carving our paths, indeed...thank you for sharing this part of yourself with us.

Comment by lima on January 5, 2012 at 10:33pm

So sorry to hear about your daughter!  Can laser surgery correct it?  Gorgeous girl!  I am with Sara, perspective and attitude can brighten the path!  Yay for a not so nasty winter!

Comment by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on January 6, 2012 at 1:05am
ThatGirl - you are very kind :c)
Lima - good to see you! No. Unfortunately, there is no treatment. They are making great strides and gene therapy seems to be making good progress. I suspect I'm going to join all the blindness groups and become one of those annoying activists, going on marathons and selling koozies with wiggly eyes or something! LOL thanks :c)
Comment by lima on January 6, 2012 at 7:59am

Thanks Dana!  It has been a while :)   Well I know saying keep the faith seems so over rated, and can mean so many things,  but if selling koozies with wiggly eyes keeps everybody optimistic, I say go for it!  Shoot I would totally sell koozies with wiggly eyes, I think I want one now!  

Comment by BlancheNoE on January 6, 2012 at 12:50pm

Aw Dana, she is so beautiful in spirit as well as physical beauty. I am a prime example of new miracles being performed every day and I hope for such a miracle for your daughter. Just 50 years ago there were no successful transplants,...and here I am, healthy. The world is good and wondrous indeed. I'm hoping for a miraculous New year for you and yours.

Comment by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on January 7, 2012 at 1:14am

Lima - Thanks. As soon as I get the koozies designed, I'll be happy to send you one! Thanks for the encouragement :c)

Amy - There are no words for what I felt when I logged in to see your latest news! I'm out of pocket right now but when I get home I'm going to backtrack and get all filled in. In the meantime, hugs to you and your Lovey. I am soooo happy for you! And thank you for the well wishes and kind comments.:c)

Comment by Pypermarru1 on January 10, 2012 at 3:38pm

WOW - this blog makes me love ya even more - seems you have spawned a cool daughter, good on ya!

As for 2012 - Hell Yes!  Bring it on!  We reap what we sow, so I'm ready to sow :0)


"I do not look good in cabin fever"  <-----Love that line.  LOVE IT.

Comment by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on January 10, 2012 at 6:38pm
Pyper - I wondered if you were going to check in. Back atcha', many thanks, and me too! oh! And thanks for the nudge. :c)
Comment by NatureJunkie on January 22, 2012 at 1:10am

"I'm frightened by the devil, and I'm drawn to those ones that ain't afraid" sang Joni Mitchell in one of my favorite songs. That describes why people will, now and always, be drawn to your daughter Sarah. But as far as 70's music, I suspect you were more the Graham Nash fan. Obviously you teach your children well.

(I'm gonna have to think of some extraordinary prize to give Pyper for challenging you to do a blog a week. Way to go, Pyper! *high five*)

Comment by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on February 1, 2012 at 1:15am

NJ - You always make me laugh sweet friend. :c)


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